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A bird named enza

Today I sat through yet another talk about the impending doom we all face in the form of H1N1. This makes the third in as many weeks, and they all rehash the same things: the 1918 H1N1 pandemic killed more people than World War I; no one currently alive has immunity; elegant diagrams on the intricacies of genetic shift/RNA segment reassortment; and ending with a big question mark. Hopefully flu will feature prominently on the shelf exam, because by now, we are all experts.

Several of my patients so far have had swine flu (confirmed or suspected). It’s kind of fun to be in the trenches — pun totally intended — as the world gears up for a repeat of 1918.

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